Five top ways to care for bleached hair
Bleaching your hair damages it considerably – whether it be you’re a platinum blonde, or you regularly change colours. If you’ve been bleaching it for years, you’ll be used to a battle to keep it looking shiny, but if you’ve just had it done, you may be shocked to find your once shining head of locks now dry and porous.. Here are five top tips for keeping your bleached hair at it’s best:
1. Regular Trims
We all know we ‘should’ get our hair trimmed every six weeks, but most of us can admit that life gets in the way. Make it of upmost importance to get your hair trimmed, as removing the damaged ends will give your barnet a much healthier look and stops split ends from extending along the hair.
2. Wash Rarely
As unappealing as this may sound, ideally you should only wash your hair two to three times per week. This allows your hair to produce natural oils which keep it looking healthier. Although at first you may experience grease, after a week or so your hair will adjust to the new washing routine and will produce less grease.
3. Deep Conditioning
There are many hair masques available in any supermarket. It’s best to choose one that claims to moisturise damaged hair or prevent split ends. Most will instruct you to apply for up to five minutes. However, to achieve an even more conditioned result, two to three times a week (which should be, every time you wash your hair) apply the conditioner after shampooing and then leave it on under a towel or a plastic bag for one to two hours. This allows the hair to soak up and retain as much moisture as possible.
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4. Air dry
As problematic and time consuming as this can be, allowing your hair to dry naturally after washing is a great way to keep heat damage to a minimum. After a few weeks of banishing the hair dryer, you should notice your hair becoming shinier and smoother.
5. Protector Spray
If you are going to use heat styling tools – which isn’t ideal, but let’s face it, most of us do anyway – make sure to use a heat protecting spray. Bleached hair is more susceptible to heat damage, so protecting it is a must. Heat protector spray can be found at a cheap price and make a huge difference to the damage you do to your hair.
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